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  1. Control might be a little funky.... That's my...

    Control might be a little funky....

    That's my main concern. I think the build plate could just be switch controlled. I was hoping that maybe I could use the "M" function from the control to...
  2. Can I use a Fadal 3016 w/4th axis for a 3D Printer?

    Hi All,

    I have a Fadal vmc. My son has been pestering me for a 3D printer.

    I see many print heads,parts, etc on Amazon. MUCH cheaper than buying a decent home use 3D printer in the $1k-3k...
  3. Gary...it sounds like he kept you off the...

    Gary...it sounds like he kept you off the paperwork as much as possible...well, that's a double edged sword...if you haven't signed a bunch of no compete clauses it would behoove him to play nice.
    ...
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    "I seem to be improving. Details at 11...LOL" ...

    "I seem to be improving. Details at 11...LOL"


    Excellent!!!:)
  5. "I became worth divorcing and in hindsight sucked...

    "I became worth divorcing and in hindsight sucked as a husband."

    best line ever...lol.

    hey...good job. Way to hang in there! This should allow you to keep machining until you're broke...
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    The only work I have learned (the hard way) to...

    The only work I have learned (the hard way) to turn down is the man with the plan....inventors...or as I call them now (dreamers) The easiest ones to boot are the ones that want to "let you in" on...
  7. If at all possible...DO IT!!! My 3k sq ft shop...

    If at all possible...DO IT!!!

    My 3k sq ft shop is 12 feet below my house. The advantages are too many to mention. You instinctively know this already.

    That guy has WAY TOO MANY inroads to your...
  8. just for clarity....(I have been out of the...

    just for clarity....(I have been out of the salary thing for 11yrs so I am not current) I did a similar position the OP is looking to fill. Granted this was in California...but it paid 92k for 40hr...
  9. just a few things .... how large is your shop?...

    just a few things ....

    how large is your shop?

    Is the lack of inventory control systemic?

    Was this employee responsible or involved in lack of inventory last month?

    Are there a lot of...
  10. I think it is legitimate to ask the OP his...

    I think it is legitimate to ask the OP his reasons for tackling this "problem"....

    I have always gotten paid for brainstorming.

    Over n out...
  11. At risk of sounding like a crotchety old...

    At risk of sounding like a crotchety old smartass, this sounds like either a plea for help in figuring out how to run a shop with no muss/no fuss (not gonna happen), or another run at the "what...
  12. "....1) get into a product type business ..." ...

    "....1) get into a product type business ..."

    Lol...The holy grail! Trying to do this now as my last great customer isn't anymore...

    You'll also find some guys are wired for prototype and some...
  13. Thread: Bonus issues

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    Do you want to work for people you cannot trust?...

    Do you want to work for people you cannot trust?

    This will be the beginning of a long frustrating relationship. Though perhaps not untypical. It seems to me the manufacturing industry is the most...
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    I was reading Joe's stuff right before I headed...

    I was reading Joe's stuff right before I headed to Montana from Southern California. I even bought his ebook about "Artisans" it was terrific! He may have well saved me from ruin by insisting to...
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    "My guy also knows how honest I am, we just got...

    "My guy also knows how honest I am, we just got 1,200 lbs of free steel that the supplier dropped off extra my guys said, lets keep it, as soon as I found out I immediately called them to let them...
  16. What did I do wrong? Nothing. You raise a...

    What did I do wrong?

    Nothing.

    You raise a good point. None of us are doing the same work...or are the same size....or doing the same quantities, etc.

    So often we are comparing apples to...
  17. mike1974...yep

    Your story reminds me of a job (I still do occasionally)that I had done for a few years. Then I got to quote on the mold that produced the mating part. The molds are aluminum layup molds for a Kevlar...
  18. "You are intent on getting the job done with the...

    "You are intent on getting the job done with the appropriate level of effort using the most appropriate means available."

    This is how a shop owner must think to survive. It seems much harder to...
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    Yep...we all need occasional reminders why we...

    Yep...we all need occasional reminders why we started our own shops.
  20. My post was not addressing the mechanical need...

    My post was not addressing the mechanical need for deviation from print tolerance but rather the administrative reason for doing so. Your close tolerance work drives a decision to go...
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    A year is a short time. You're only there to keep...

    A year is a short time. You're only there to keep it all from floundering during transition. So in a sense you are not a "traditional" employee. You are there to make sure what you sold retains its...
  22. The reason for running tighter than print has...

    The reason for running tighter than print has little to do with the designer/engineer/end user...it has to do with the shop owner/plant manager/department supervisor....it is to keep them from...
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    Only difference between a vampire and a buyer is...

    Only difference between a vampire and a buyer is one can operate in daylight...near as I can tell.(kickbacks, etc. still do happen...gasp.)
    If the job makes money do it. (just make sure it does)...
  24. Most of us own equipment that our dads and...

    Most of us own equipment that our dads and grand-dads woulda died for....
    When a guy is chattering a part because he is too lazy to get it down in the jaws...THAT IS NOT "OK"
    He'll slowly wear out...
  25. tell him to go to an auto repair shop. they'll...

    tell him to go to an auto repair shop. they'll get out the ez-outs and have it done for him for $15...

    Life got much simpler for me when I quit doing things my shop wasn't designed to do.....
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